The story of Nelson-Putman Propane Gas, Inc. begins in a farm shop in Emhouse, Texas. Wayne and Judy Nelson, Billy Nelson and Ralph Putman began Nelson-Putman Propane October 4, 1982. Ralph and Billy were the route salesmen while Judy was the one and only office personnel. Wayne took on the task of serviceman, setting tanks and repairing leaks.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
John Nelson, Wayne’s father, who was retired from Northern Propane Gas after 40 years as manager, joined Nelson-Putman Propane shortly after the incorporation of NPP as office manager. John’s reputation for gruffness was only superseded by his generosity and willingness to work with customers, a family trait laying the foundation for NPP.
It didn’t take long for hard work and customer service to be recognized. Customer growth was on the way requiring additional office personnel, more delivery trucks, and more servicemen. Local customer relationships were the positive force behind fast growth.
IN MARCH OF 1986
Nelson-Putman Propane expanded their business, opening another office in Ennis. Mike Nelson, Judy and Wayne’s youngest son, became the manager of this location. Shortly after, the Nelsons’ were devastated with the loss of Mike in an automobile accident.
Nelson-Putman Propane purchased Suburban Propane Gas, Cedar Creek, Texas in August of 1991. The acquisition has proved to be a great growth area for the company.
Gary Nelson, Judy and Wayne’s oldest son, officially joined the company in 1996 after being involved part time since the beginning. Gary is currently the manager of the Ennis location. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Propane Gas Association numerous times.
I had the opportunity to continue the family legacy in the propane business as the 4th generation. After nine years as director of operations for a major marketing company in Minneapolis, MN., I stepped in as CEO of Nelson-Putman Propane.
Once again, the company expanded in 2008 with the acquisition of Henry Oil and Gas located in Ennis, Texas, and Mr. J’s Propane located in Athens, Texas. Acquiring two strong competitors was a positive, successful strategy for Nelson-Putman Propane. In 2011, we changed the name to Nelson Propane Gas, Inc. and continue to look for additional growth opportunities.
As a company and a leader in the propane gas industry has never seemed so clear! Regardless of economic condition, energy prices, or competition, the first 68 years of success for this company has been based on the belief “the customer comes first.” The next 68 years will be no different.
Nelson Propane Gas, Inc.
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